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9 December 2021

Calling the Guru From Afar: A Prayer to Pierce the Heart with Devotion

| Calling the Guru from Afar

by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye

This popular song of devotion composed by the celebrated Rimé (ecumenical) master Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé has two parts: the first an invocation of the great holders of various lineages, and the second a declaration of one's own faults and a request for the guru's aid in overcoming them and attaining realization.

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Latest from the Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Sungbum Project

January 2022

Akshyobhya Padma

Opening the Door to Great Bliss: An Aspiration Towards the Realm of Abhirati | Aspiration Prayers

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

An aspiration to be reborn in the eastern pureland of Abhirati (mngon dga'), the realm of Vajra Akṣobhya. The text is included in the Shechen edition of the Rinchen Terdzö as part of Longsal Nyingpo's (1625–1692) Longsal Dorje Nyingpo (klong gsal rdo rje snying po) cycle. Read text >

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January 2022

Khyentse Wangpo

The Melodious Sound of Gathering Auspiciousness: A Prayer Based on the Liberational Life of the Omniscient Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo | Prayers

by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye

Jamgön Kongtrul composed this biographical prayer (rnam thar gsol 'debs) to Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by extracting verses from a longer prayer to the masters of the Shangpa Kagyü lineage. For this edition, which is found in the Rinchen Terdzö, Jamyang Khyense Chökyi Lodrö composed three additional verses that refer to Khyentse Wangpo's parinirvāṇa and rebirth. Read text >

Guru Rinpoche

A Prayer to the Precious Guru from Uḍḍiyāna That Spontaneously Fulfils All Wishes | Guru Rinpoche Prayers

revealed by Dzongter Kunzang Nyima

This popular Sampa Lhundrupma (bsam pa lhun grub ma) prayer to Padmasambhava was revealed as a terma by Dzongter Kunzang Nyima, alias Jigme Nüden Dorje, the grandson and speech incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904). Read text >

Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project

January 2022

Dukngal Rangdrol

The Loud Drum of Spring: A Commentary on the Difficult Points of the Ritual of the Great Compassionate One, Natural Liberation of Suffering | Longchen Nyingtik

by Jigme Lingpa

This is one of two commentaries by Jigme Lingpa on the Dukngal Rangdrol practice of Avalokiteśvara that he himself revealed. Here, Jigme Lingpa offers a word-by-word explanation of the sādhana, both its preliminaries and its main part, in a simple yet precise manner. He does not comment on the feast offering section, which was added only later by the First Dodrupchen, Jigme Trinle Özer (1745–1821). Read text >


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Light on the Path of Liberation: The Life of the Second Buddha Vasubandhu | Biography

by Khenpo Shenpen Nangwa

Shenpen Nangwa offered this brief biography of Ācārya Vasubandhu as an introduction to his annotational commentary (mchan 'grel) on the verses of the Treasury of Abhidharma (Abhidharmakośa). Read text >

Orgyen Tsomo

Advice for Urgyen Tsomo | Advice

by the Fifteenth Karmapa, Khakhyab Dorje

Six lines of essential advice from the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje to his spiritual consort, the celebrated ḍākinī Urgyen Tsomo (o rgyan gtso mo, 1897–1961). Read text >

* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages; it is said to derive from lokacakṣu, literally "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.